The approach I use is integrative, relational, and trauma informed; incorporating a wide range of interventions from different theoretical perspectives. However, it also respects cultural difference and the values, resources, strengths, preferences, and ideas which clients themselves bring to therapy.
As a pluralistic therapist, I believe there are multiple pathways through which clients can change; that there is no right way to "do therapy"; and each psychotherapeutic approach has its own unique contribution to make. Indeed, consistent findings from psychotherapy research suggests positive client outcomes are not specific to any therapeutic model but related more to common factors such as the strength of the therapeutic relationship, empathy, positive regard, genuineness and client expectations.
In early sessions, we develop a shared understanding of what you want from therapy. Then, by working together collaboratively, and talking about your preferences and choices, we create a treatment plan that is unique to you.
Throughout the process of therapy, I will be actively seeking your regular feedback to ensure therapy remains focused on your direction of travel or indicating whether we need map a new route.
WHAT IS PLURALISTIC THERAPY?
A PLURALISTIC APPROACH TO COUNSELLING DEAF CLIENTS AND WORKING WITH BSL INTERPRETERS
If you are a profoundly Deaf client or someone who would like to work with Deaf clients, you may find this report written by me of interest.
This video, presented by me and interpreted by a BSL interpreter, Yvonne Waddell, may also be of interest to Deaf clients. You can also access it using this link.